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Publish or Perish

Perceived Benefits versus Unintended Consequences

Imad A. Moosa

Imad Moosa’s thought-provoking book explores the contemporary doctrine that plagues the academic sphere: the principle of publish or perish. This book identifies the pressures placed upon academics to either publish their work regularly, or suffer the consequences, including lack of promotion, or even redundancy.
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Chapter 9: The ranking craze: From journals to universities and departments

Perceived Benefits versus Unintended Consequences

Imad A. Moosa

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The journal ranking craze has become international, spreading worldwide in the spirit of globalization. Journal ranking is the means to a big end, that of ranking universities, departments and disciplines for the purpose of allocating scarce funds. The link between research evaluation and journal ranking is that journal ranking is central to the evaluation of research. According to the OECD, 13 countries have been identified as using systems of ex post research output evaluation for the purpose of determining the distribution of government funding. These countries have been following the lead of the U.K., where research evaluation started in 1986 under the auspices of the Thatcher government. The overall range of indicators used by other countries is similar, but various combinations and weightings are employed.

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